Google Chrome: Here’s What to Do Against the Privacy Dangers of Your Browser #Article


Google Chrome: Here’s What to Do Against the Privacy Dangers of Your Browser
Google Chrome: Here’s What to Do Against the Privacy Dangers of Your Browser

The numbers are in, and Google Chrome is the choice browser for more than 65% of internet users. 

We do not know about you, but those are some substantial numbers. It is almost like Google has the lock on the browser game. It has been the top browser for some time, too, so they are not a one-season wonder.

 For something that is so widely used, though, learning about a significant bug from Google makes us question how safe this browser is. That is why we have put up this piece to explore how secure the browser is – and what you can do to better the safety profile.

Incognito Mode isn’t All That

The incognito mode on the Google Chrome browser has found itself on other browsers, but with different names. That shows how innovative this idea was. But then, it might not be as great as you have made it out to be.

Of course, your browser history won’t be logged when you browse under the anonymous tag. Websites will also not be able to save cookies and cache files on your browser permanently. However, you are not as anonymous as you think you are.

Your internet service provider (ISP), employer, network admin, and such other personnel can still see what you are doing on the internet. That kind of beats the whole idea of going incognito, if you ask us.

Bugs

Before we go any further, we should mention that bugs are not a Google Chrome specific problem. That said, though, a browser used by more than half of internet surfers should be better engineered against bugs.

Hackers are always looking to target users on commonly used platforms since they can get a lot of victims at once. It is more unsettling to hear about the new security alert on Google Chrome, which the search engine giant admits could impact billions of users from all over the world.

Do better, Google!

Malware

In recent months, the reports of malware extensions in the Google Chrome extensions store is growing at an alarming pace.

If these malware-infused extensions were downloaded from third party sources, we would not have cared much. After all, we have always advocated for not sideloading files due to how dangerous it can be.

 However, many users have lost their data, savings, and even crypto holdings because they downloaded the wrong extension. Google should do a better job of vetting all the extensions submitted to the store for users.

Staying safe on Google Chrome

Now that you know that your Google Chrome browser can be exploited, stop allowing it to remember your passwords. In case of a breach, you worry less about losing all the passwords to your online accounts. The ones saved on Google Chrome, at least.

You can get a password manager for your passwords for better safekeeping.

 Regards incognito mode, you don’t have to worry either. Your solution is as simple as downloading a VPN to protect your privacy when next you want to surf the web anonymously. With the VPN in the mix, your internet data is tunneled through a ton of servers, making it impossible for anyone on an external node to see what you are doing online.

 Not even your ISP will have an idea of what your internet traffic is about.

 Additionally, be careful what extensions jar you put your hands into. Extensions do improve your browser's functionality, but that should never be traded for your safety and privacy. Make sure the extension is from a trusted source, or just don’t get it at all.

Lest we forget, be the first to download any new browser update that Google releases. Doing so keeps you safe against new bugs and vulnerabilities in the system which the updates were sent to fix.

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